ROCHESTER — It didn’t take long for the focus to shift to the New York Republicans’ top target in the 2012 election cycle: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich, an Assemblyman from the town of Greece, kicked things off with an opening address that took aim at Gillibrand, saying she has been “in lockstep with Obama from Day One, and her time is up.”
“We need to have the right candidate to defeat Kirsten Gillibrand,” Reilich told the crowd of GOP chairmen, delegates and members of the media. “My friends, the time is right and it starts today.”
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks — who hasn’t ruled out challenging Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter for the longtime congresswoman’s House seat — is at the rostrum now. Former New York Gov. George Pataki is also expected to speak,
as well as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Make sure to follow along with the Democrat and Chronicle’s live blog, where reporter Jill Terreri and I will keep you up to date throughout the day.
Carlos Ortiz / Democrat and Chronicle